Cafe Arts Month. Various art displays in cafes and coffee houses throughout the city.
Various locations, 282-2471
San Francisco Clay & Glass Festival Handcrafted ceramics and blown glass from over 160 craft artists. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center 281-5888
November 10-11, 17-18 (weekends)
Harvest Festival and Christmas Crafts Market. Arts and crafts fair offering wonderful gifts and other ideas for the holiday season. Weekends only.
Concourse Exhibition Center, (707) 778-6300
Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony. Take part in an annual San Francisco holiday tradition. Watch as the decorative lights are turned on at Embarcadero Center. Festivities begin at 4:30pm (lights at 6:40pm).
Embarcadero Center, 772-0753
San Francisco International Automobile Show. The latest and greatest automobiles in the world add a sleek and shy ambiance to this annual show.
Moscone Center, 331-4406
Tree Lighting Festivities. Start the holiday season with a day of entertainment for the family. Looney Tunes characters will be on hand for the fun. Festivities culminate in the lighting (at 5:30pm) of the 65-foot tree.
PIER 39, 705-5500
Ghirardelli Square 37th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Ghirardelli Square lights up the waterfront with their 35-foot Christmas tree. The lighting is scheduled at 6 pm and includes holiday entertainment, caroling performances, along with a celebrity guest emcee, dancing, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Ghirardelli Square, 775-5500
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair A magical mix of crystals, minerals, jewelry and the healing arts.
Fort Mason Center, 383-7837
Run to the Far Side 10K and 5K foot races through scenic Golden Gate Park begin and end at the California Academy of Sciences. First race at 8:30am.
Golden Gate Park, 759-2690
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema More than 300 films by local artists showcase the richness and diversity of San Francisco and Northern California as a major hub in the independent film world.
Castro and Roxie Theaters, 552-8760
American Indian Film Festival Presenting documentaries and dramas by new and emerging Native American artists.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 554-0525
November 24-December 23 (weekends)
Great Dickens Christmas Fair. A traditional holiday festival of the re-creation of 19th Century Victorian London. Food, music, dancing, entertainment for all ages.
Cow Palace, 392-4400
December 1-2, 8-9
Celebration of Craftswomen. The nations largest juried womens crafts fair and San Franciscos most prestigious holiday crafts show.
Herbst Pavilion , Fort Mason Center, 383-3470
Santa PAWS Pets primp for photos with Santa. A fundraiser for PAWS a nonprofit group assisting low income people with AIDS to care for their pets.
Ghirardelli Square 775-5500
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Americas oldest ballet company, regarded as one of its finest, presents the Tchaikovskys beloved family classic every December.
War Memorial Opera House, 865-2000
Christmas at Sea Climb aboard a historic ship and enjoy caroling, storytelling, hot cider, cookies, kids crafts and a visits from St. Nick.
Hyde Street Pier 561-6662